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Argentina (Potentilla) anserina
Silverweed is a low growing perennial with spreading runners and long thick roots. Leaves are compound, 10-20 cm long, with 13-15 oval, sharply-serrated leaflets, which are green on the upper surface and silvery-white on the underside. Flowers are yellow, with 5 oval petals, which grow on stalks that are up to 10 cm long. Fruits are 2 mm reddish-brown, flattened ovals. Roots are light to dark brown in color and typically grow in clusters of 2-6 per plant. Some roots are short and curly, while others are long and straight
Potentilla anserina grows on coastal dunes, beaches, estuarine flats, marsh edges and stream banks along the Pacific coast west of the Cascade Range, from Alaska to southern California. This one seen in an area next to the beach, close to Piedras Blancas, CA.
Spotted on Sep 24, 2014
Submitted on Feb 1, 2015